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As an RAF Officer, you will lead and manage teams of airmen and airwomen and carry out flying duties or work in specialist ground duties.


What does a RAF officer do?
  • Air operations, you can work as a pilot and weapons systems officer, where you will take part in flying sorties, reconnaissance, and search and rescue duties

  • Operations support, you can specialise in air traffic and aerospace battle manager or flight operations officer, you will provide target information, coordinate refuelling, digitally map terrain and plan missions

  • Engineering and logistics, you will commission new aircraft, service fleets and manage resources and supplies

  • Support services, this could be as catering, security or training, where you will provide day-to-day services for staff at RAF bases

  • Professions, such as a medical, dental or nursing officer, where you will manage specialist teams working in support of the service
Skills & interests required for a RAF officer
  • Leadership skills

  • Self-determination and resilience

  • Self-discipline

  • The ability to work well in a team

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Good organisational skills

  • Working well under pressure
What hours does a RAF officer typically do?
Some roles in the RAF will be a 9am to 5pm job, whereas other roles require that you work shifts, weekends, and public holidays.
What environment is a RAF officer based in?
You will be posted to a RAF base anywhere in the UK or overseas.
How much does a RAF officer travel?
You will be deployed to anywhere in the UK and overseas; you must be prepared to spend long periods of time away from home, some as much as several months at a time.
How much does a RAF officer get paid?
A starting salary after training will be around £26,000. With experience, and depending on ranking, you can earn up between £31,000 and £34,000. Once you are highly experienced, you can earn up between £47,000 (flight lieutenant) and £105,250 (air commodore).
Perks & benefits
Private health and dental care
What qualifications does a RAF officer need?
The education requirements for this job are the minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and 2 A-levels. Plus, you will need to be aged 17.5 years old and over and a national of the UK or Ireland. You will need a degree for some roles in the RAF.
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